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Helpmann Awards: Beautiful and Muriel’s Wedding musicals and Bennelong the big winners

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The musical import Beautiful edged out the home grown musical Muriel’s Wedding The Musical at the annual Helpmann Awards held in Sydney on Monday and (in a new award system) Sunday nights. Beautiful won six awards in the musicals category over both nights to Muriel’s’ five. At last night’s awards at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney for the ‘big’ awards, Beautiful won best

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Australian Ballet Verve review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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While ballet often puts females up front and centre stage, choreography in Australia (and more broadly for that matter) has mostly been a male domain. But the Australian Ballet’s Alice Topp appears to be one of the women breaking that mould. Her first full-act work Aurum (pictured above) received rapturous applause at its world premiere in Melbourne

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Ab (Intra) dance review (Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney)

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After a decade running the Sydney Dance Company, Rafael Bonachela’s new full-length work finally proves how much more he is than a master showman and frenzied crowd controller. ab [Intra] – Latin apparently for from within – began with his 15 dancers in the studio scribbling their thoughts, feelings and ideas on yellow Post-it notes.

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Melbourne Green Room awards dominated by My Fair Lady, Aladdin, King Roger, Split and Away

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The annual Green Room awards for performance were announced in Melbourne last night with mulitple awards going to Opera Australia’s production of King Roger and its Julie Andrews directed musical My Fair Lady co-produced with John Frost. The Disney musical Aladdin was also a multi winner. In a strong year for Malthouse, the play Away, co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company, won

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Murphy dance review (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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It’s hard to imagine what Australian dance would be without the artistic vision and life-long dedication of choreographer Graeme Murphy. In a career spanning 50 years, he has not only pushed the boundaries of ballet styles, techniques and storytelling, but has paved the way for bringing raw and real emotion to the stage. When he

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Win tickets to the Australian Ballet’s ‘Murphy’ in Sydney

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The Australian Ballet is presenting the lavish and thrilling Murphy, a tribute in dance to the legendary dancer and choreographer Graeme Murphy in Melbourne this month and Sydney next month. In his 50 plus year career, Murphy has choreographed and directed dozens of dance and opera productions around the world with his signature physicality, humour and an unwavering commitment to

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Perth Festival reviews: Nassim, Far Side of the Moon, William Yang, Jude Kelly, Vessel, White Spirit, The Second Woman, You Know We Belong Together

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The performances, talks and conversations I’ve attended or participated in over the last two weeks of the Festival (which closed at the weekend) have raised lots of questions for me about the relationship between art and life. The eponymous title of Iranian playwright Nassim Souleimanpour’s play Nassim suggests that it may (or may not) be

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Australia Council Awards recipients announced for 2018

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The Australia Council has announced the 2018 recipients of Australia Council award which “recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation”. The winners, nominated by industry peers, are: Bruce Pascoe (VIC) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature Liza Lim (VIC) – Australia

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